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Catholic Charities Seeks Teams To Rock The Rim

FULTON, NY – A limited number of entries are still available for teams interested in competing Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s inaugural CYO Rock the Rim Basketball Tournament.

Scheduled for 3 p.m. May 21 at the Fulton War Memorial, Catholic Charities’ CYO tournament welcomes players of all ages.

There will be a bracket for teams with players ages 16 – 30 and a second bracket for players age 30 and over.

There will also be a shoot-out for youth ages 5 – 7, 8 – 10, 11 – 12, and 13- 15.

Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each bracket and all youth participating in the shoot-outs will receive an award.  The tournament is open to both men and women as co-ed teams are welcome.

Catholic Charities’ CYO Rock the Rim Basketball Tournament will serve as a fundraiser for the CYO Program, which provides a safe, well supervised, friendly environment for area youth and offers a variety of programs that promote positive development including; an after school program, a mentoring program, summer recreation, and a Saturday drop in program that offers youth the opportunity for healthy interaction with their peers.

Registration fee is $150 per team with a maximum of eight players per team, and includes a commemorative T-shirt for each team member.

For a $1 donation, participants in the youth shoot-out will receive five shots.

For more information, call Meghan Rey at 598-3980, ext. 222.

Catholic Charities Announces Fresh Food Distribution

FULTON, NY – On April 13 the Emergency Services Program of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, in cooperation with the Food Bank of Central New York, will sponsor a fresh food distribution.

Fresh foods and produce will be available, free of charge to those in need, from 4 until 6 p.m. or until food is gone.

Please bring your own bags or boxes.

Distribution will be at the Elks Lodge, 57 Pierce Drive.

Those in attendance will receive a number from a random drawing that will take place approximately 20 minutes prior to the beginning of the food distribution.

The number will determine that person’s place in line and alleviate the need for people to come to the food distribution hours in advance to be among the first in line.

Catholic Charities’ client choice food pantry will close at noon April 13 in preparation for the food distribution.

The food pantry will re-open at its regular hours on April 14.

Regular hours for the pantry and Thrift Shop are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on the food distribution you may contact Helen Hoefer at 598-3980.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

Archer To lead Catholic Charities Adult Mental Health Programs

FULTON, NY – Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow announced that Tim Archer has been named supervisor for the agency’s Adult Mental Health programs.

Archer joined Catholic Charities in 2000 and has been a mental health case manager for the past ten years.

Tim Archer

Tim Archer

As a case manager he worked closely with his clients to create an individual service plan specifically designed to help the client reach their desired goals.

He also served as an advocate for his clients and assisted them in accessing other services that would enable them to accomplish their goals.

In addition to supervising intensive and supportive case managers, Archer will also oversee Catholic Charities’ Peer Advocacy program that advocates choice and empowerment for people living with mental health issues and co-occurring disorders; the Step By Step Clubhouse, a psychosocial club providing consumer and recovery-oriented community-based rehabilitation; and Bright Horizons, a drop-in clubhouse servicing adults in the northern Oswego County area who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.

“I have always enjoyed working in the human services field and helping others. As supervisor I will be able to continue to do so at an advanced level while still maintaining a professional relationship with our clients. I am looking forward to working with the case managers, our peer advocates, and the staff at Step By Step and Bright Horizons and ensuring that all of these services continue to provide a high level of support and encouragement to our consumers,” said Archer.

“We are happy to have Tim lead our Adult Mental Health programs,” said Pezzella-Pekow. “His extensive knowledge of the program and his concern for our consumers will serve him well in his new position.”

For more information, contact Archer at 598-3980, ext. 234, or visit www.ccoswego.com

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

Angotti Joins Catholic Charities

FULTON, NY – Program supervisor Andrea Burritt has announced that Shawna Angotti has joined the staff of Catholic Charities of Oswego County.

Angotti will serve as an intensive parent educator with the agency’s Parent Education Program currently serving more than 50 families throughout Oswego County.

Shawna Angotti

Shawna Angotti

Catholic Charities’ Parent Education Program provides in-home supportive outreach for families who are at risk of losing their children to foster care or are attempting to reunite with their children.

Angotti, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in Syracuse, previously worked as a childcare worker at Elmcrest Children’s Center in Syracuse.

As a childcare worker, Angotti provided supervision for children designated for placement. Her experience with children and her concern for their welfare will serve her well in her new role with the Parent Education Program.

As an intensive parent educator, Angotti will provide intensive, short-term, home based, crisis intervention services offering families in crisis the alternative to remain safely together, averting the out-of-home placement of children whenever possible and to return children home as soon as possible.

The intensive program combines skill based intervention with maximum flexibility so that services are available to families according to their unique needs.

Among other services, family members may receive individual and family supportive counseling, parenting education, child development training, household maintenance education, nutritional training, job readiness training, and referral to other community resources.

Angotti’s primary focus will be assisting families in managing crisis and restoring them to an acceptable level of functioning.

“It’s very interesting and challenging work,” said Angotti. “I have worked primarily with children, but this position gives me the opportunity to do something I’ve always wanted to do, see things from the other side. As an intensive parent educator, this will give me the necessary insight to help families overcome the various issues that they may encounter to help them function as a healthy family unit.”

Angotti also serves as an advocate as she helps them access other programs that will compliment her efforts.

“My goal is for the families I work with to become better than they were when we started so that they can successfully handle the responsibility of being an effective parent. I also hope to help them improve their independent living skills and help them breakdown whatever emotional, financial, and physical barriers they may be facing,” she added.

Angotti will also be involved with teaching the many parenting classes that the program hosts throughout the year.

These classes are specifically designed for parenting children based on their ages.

The facilitators will focus on safety issues and improving parenting skills.

Burritt is happy to welcome Angotti to the program.

“Our Parent Education Program provides a vital service for our community. Shawna’s experience with children and her desire to enhance the families capabilities will help strengthen the lives of the families that she works with,” said Burritt.

For more information, call Burritt at 598-3980.

Food Sense Program Available At Catholic Charities

FULTON, NY – Catholic Charities of Oswego County is helping families throughout Oswego County make their food dollars stretch a little further through their participation in the Food Sense Program.

Each month through the Food Sense Program families and individuals have the opportunity to purchase specially priced food packages consisting of fresh meats, fresh produce, and frozen foods.  In addition there are special featured items each month that may be purchased separately or in addition to the food package.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County is currently accepting Food Sense orders through Oct. 14.

The October food package is priced at just $15.50, with payment due at the time of order.

Orders will be available for pick up on Oct. 29 from 1 – 3 p.m. at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 365 W. First St.

Established by the Food Bank of Central New York, the Food Sense program is designed to increase self-sufficiency by offering specially priced food packages that represent a significant savings for a family’s food budget.

Helen Hoefer, director of Catholic Charities’ Emergency Services Program, explained that anyone could take advantage of the Food Sense program, as there are no restrictions and no income guidelines.

“As food prices continue to rise we are thrilled to be able to make the Food Sense program available here at Catholic Charities.  It’s a wonderful program that offers a wide range of delicious and nutritious food at a very affordable price.  These monthly packages represent a savings of approximately 50% off grocery store prices.  I am happy that we able to help families and individuals in our community eat better for less and I encourage people to take advantage of this very beneficial program.  For our consumers convenience the Food Sense program accepts food stamps and EBT cards,” said Hoefer.

For more information, call Hoefer at 598-3980.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

Catholic Charities To Participate In Crop Hunger Walk

FULTON, NY – Representatives from Catholic Charities of Oswego County will be participating in this year’s CROP Hunger Walk for Oswego County.

Scheduled for Oct. 3 the CROP Walk will begin at 1 p.m. at the Fulton Municipal Building on South First Street.

Each year, more than 2,000 communities across the United States join in more than 1,600 CROP Hunger walks.

More than five million CROP Hunger walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP Hunger walks in the last two decades alone.

While CROP Hunger walks raise funds for hunger-fighting efforts around the world, a portion of the funds raised during the CROP Walk for Oswego County will be used to support hunger-fighting programs in Oswego County.

In addition to waking in the CROP Hunger Walk, staff from Catholic Charities of Oswego County will be recruiting other walkers, selling paper feet at their Thrift Store for customers who would like to support the walk, and will have a collection jar for donations at the office and at the Thrift Store.

For more information, call Helen Hoefer at 598-3980, ext. 250.

Seminar Aids Charities

OSWEGO, NY – Representatives from charitable organizations throughout Oswego County recently attended an informational forum regarding fundraising by charities.

SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations and the United Way hosted the first in a series of forums for non-profit organizations. Pictured are facilitators Assistant Director of the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations, Jeff Grimshaw; Executive Director of the United Way, Melanie Trexler; Assistant Attorney General, Charities Division, Christopher Wiles; and Sandra Alexandra, law graduate intern.

SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations and the United Way hosted the first in a series of forums for non-profit organizations. Pictured are facilitators Assistant Director of the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations, Jeff Grimshaw; Executive Director of the United Way, Melanie Trexler; Assistant Attorney General, Charities Division, Christopher Wiles; and Sandra Alexandra, law graduate intern.

Hosted by the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations and the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the seminar addressed a number of pertinent topics including:

  • Legal Requirements
  • What to know before Hiring a Fundraiser
  • Negotiating the Contract
  • Monitoring the Campaign
  • After the Campaign Ends

In addition, attendees were introduced to a number of other state and federal resources regarding guidelines and information on fundraising.

The forum was the first in a series that will be presented by the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations and the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

The next forum will be held Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at SUNY Oswego’s Phoenix Extension.

The focus of the forum will be Mergers and Property Transactions by Charities and will address topics such as the role of attorney general, transactions requiring attorney general review, cindering a transaction, preparing for a transaction, preparing filings for the court, and review by the attorney general’s office.

For more information or to register, call 593-1900, ext. 201.

Catholic Charities Nearing Deadline For Holiday Food Basket Requests

FULTON, NY – With the holidays fast approaching, the Emergency Assistance Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County has announced that it is rapidly reaching its cut off point for accepting applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets.

“We have been accepting applications for over a week now and we have received a tremendous amount of requests so far,” said program director Helen Hoefer.

Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets are complete with a turkey and all the trimmings and enough food for the family for three days.

Applications for Thanksgiving baskets are being accepted until Nov. 11 or until quotas are met.

Applications for Christmas baskets will be accepted through Nov. 23 or until quotas are met.

Applicants can receive one basket per household and may choose either Thanksgiving or Christmas.

For more information, call Hoefer at Catholic Charities, 598-3980, ext. 250.

“We will continue accepting applications until we have exhausted our availability of baskets. I encourage families interested in receiving a basket this year to stop in and fill out an application as soon as possible,” said Hoefer.

Those interested in applying may do so in person at Catholic Charities’ Food Pantry, 365 W. First St.

Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

Catholic Charities To Offer Workshop For Parents

FULTON, NY – The Parent Education Program at Catholic Charities of Oswego County will offer a workshop series that will prove to be very beneficial to parents of children ages 1 through 4.

Entitled 1,2,3,4 Parents, the workshop is video-based, interactive learning experience that teaches the fundamental attitudes and skills necessary for parents of young children.

Topics covered during the four-week workshop include:

Why your child acts like he or she does

How to keep your child safe

How to bond with your child

Why taking care of yourself is important

How you can discipline your young child

Parents and caregivers of children ages 1 through 4 are encouraged to attend this workshop that is free and open to the public.

The 1,2,3,4 Parents workshop will be held on four consecutive Tuesday sessions beginning Oct. 13 and continuing through Oct. 27.

All sessions will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 365 W. First St.

Family support services counselors Kana Tryt and Kristian Allen will facilitate the workshop.

Due to space limitations, those interested in attending the workshops are urged to register no later than Oct. 9.

For more information on the workshop, call program director Kevin Slimmer at Catholic Charities of Oswego County, 598-3980.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

Catholic Charities’ Mentoring Program Offering Youth Some Positive Changes

FULTON, NY – Youth involved with Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s mentoring program, the Amigo Project, will notice some positive changes to the program as it begins for another school year.

The most noticeable change is the name of the program; the Amigo Project is now the CYO Mentoring Program.

Elementary students in the CYO Mentoring Program receive some tutoring help from mentors from G. Ray Bodley High School. In front from left are: Alejandro Patterson, Krystina Demm, Joshua Aldrich, Program Coordinator, Ken Dennison, Jenna Gardenier, Patricia Pryor, and Shelby O’Brien.

Elementary students in the CYO Mentoring Program receive some tutoring help from mentors from G. Ray Bodley High School. In front from left are: Alejandro Patterson, Krystina Demm, Joshua Aldrich, Program Coordinator, Ken Dennison, Jenna Gardenier, Patricia Pryor, and Shelby O’Brien.

The program is currently serving students in Fulton, while in Phoenix and Sandy Creek school districts the program is slated to start in mid to late October.

Under the direction of new coordinator Ken Dennison the program is collaborating with Catholic Charities’ popular CYO program to add more structure and a new feel the mentoring experience.

“We have some exciting changes planned that will benefit both the elementary and high school students who are involved with our mentoring program,” said Dennison. “This year students in the Fulton School District will meet at the CYO while students in Phoenix and Sandy Creek will meet at their schools weekly where they will be able to spend some productive, quality time together. We have also expanded the time of the sessions and have established a structured program that the students will enjoy.”

Made possible in part through grants from Entergy Nuclear, the NYS Office of Children and Families through the Oswego City / County Youth Bureau, the United Way of Greater Oswego County, and Oswego County Opportunities, Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s CYO Mentoring Program is offered to students in Fulton each week from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

Students in Phoenix will meet on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and students in Sandy Creek will meet Tuesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Each session begins with tutoring time, followed by a group activity and free time where mentors and mentees will have the opportunity to play games together, talk and get to know each other better.

“The longer session will prove to be very beneficial to the students,” added Dennison. “The extra time allows us to place more emphasis on the tutoring aspect of the program and the additional free time gives the students a chance to bond with each other and develop their social skills.”

Designed specifically for the development and enhancement of healthy social skills and to improve the participants’ academic skills, the CYO Mentoring Program matches elementary school children with high school students and provides them with peer support and a positive role model. Mentors provide friendship, guidance, and support through one on one time and group activities.

Staff or AmeriCorps volunteers of the CYO Mentoring Program supervise all sessions.

The CYO Mentoring Program serves each of Fulton’s schools with students in Lanigan, Fairgrieve, Granby and Volney participating in the program, while students from G. Ray Bodley High School serve as mentors.

In addition, the program has added junior mentors, students in eighth grade who are working with the high school mentors and are looking forward to becoming mentors when they begin high school.

“Our mentoring program has been well received and supported by not only the students, but by the schools and the community as well. We have had several mentees who have gone on to become mentors and mentors who went on to work with our CYO Summer Program. We are appreciative of the support that this program receives from the school districts. Their involvement plays an important role in the success of the CYO Mentoring Program,” said Dennison.

Dennison added that the CYO Mentoring Program is currently accepting referrals for elementary students and is recruiting high school students for mentors in each of the school districts being served as they look to get more youth involved in the program.

Referrals are welcome from teachers, parents or guardians.

The CYO Mentoring Program is ideal for students who are academically or socially challenged as the program is designed to address those issues.

“We carefully screen every elementary and high school student to ensure that successful match based on shared interests and personality. A proper match benefits both the mentee and the mentor as the shared experience not only helps them develop their academic and social skills but also provides them with an opportunity to bond with and talk to a non-adult that they can easily relate to. Many of the high school students who serve as mentors have found it to be a very rewarding experience. One that provided them with the opportunity to: discover the importance of developing healthy relationships with others, gain a better sense of self-esteem, and learn how to be an effective team member along with them giving back to their community.  The work performed by the mentors will also prove to be a credible addition to their college resumes as well as their working resumes,” he said.

For more information on Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s CYO Mentoring Program, call 598-3980.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.

For more information on Catholic Charities and the many human services programs that it offers you may contact them at 598-3980.

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